Dr. Dennis Brink brings 40 years of higher education experience to Concordia University, Nebraska, as he leads the university’s agricultural science program.
“I have been blessed to be involved in agriculture and education my entire life,” Brink says. “It is an amazing opportunity to now help build partnerships for Concordia with the large number of individuals involved in agriculture, from within a few miles of Seward to across the United States and even other parts of the world, many of whom are already stepping up to play a role in the Concordia ag program.”
An active researcher, Brink has been the principal investigator or co-director for three USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant projects over the last 11 years focusing on agriculture and food systems, food and fiber systems meeting human capacity needs and the implementation of a grazing livestock systems major. Through teaching and research grants, Brink has received nearly $550,000 for his research.
Throughout Brink’s four decades at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he received multiple awards and accolades for his dedication to education and agriculture, including:
- 12 Recognition Awards for Contributions to Students by the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council (2017, 2015, 2012, 2007-10, 2005, 2004, 1997, 1994, 1990)
- 2013-Named a Fellow by American Society of Animal Science Teaching
- 2003-L.K. Crowe Outstanding Undergraduate Student Advisor Award
- 1998-Hollings Family Teaching Award, CASNR, UNL
- 1997-Distinguished Mentor, Essential Experiences, Comprehensive Education Program, UNL
- 1994-Distinguished Teacher Award, ASAS
- 1994-Livestock Service Award, sponsored by Walnut Grove Products, UNL
- 1992-Outstanding Teacher, Central Region, National Association of Colleges and Teachers
- 1986-Distinguished Teaching Award, AMOCO Foundation, UNL
Outside of the classroom, Brink is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
Dennis Brink's Academic Programs
Through Concordia’s ag degree, you will study a broad selection of agriculture courses that look at food production from start to finish so you are ready for a career in agriculture or natural resource-related sales, ag finance, or work in an extension office, government agency, land use organization or in production agriculture as a farmer or rancher.